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Hilltop-Sired Offspring at USDF Nationals

Congratulations to all the owners, riders, and breeders whose horses qualified for the USDF National Finals.  In its second year at the Kentucky Horse Park the show has a true Championship feel to it and draws competitors from across the entire country.  It was wonderful to see so many of the stallion’s offspring well represented.  Two Bugatti offspring qualified for the National Championships, the Hilltop-bred and Marchella Richardson owned Boccaccio IOF (Bugatti-Rubinstein I) and the Iris Aberbach owned/bred Boxster A (Bugatti-Weltbekannt).   Boccaccio and rider Debbie Hill qualified for both the Third Level and Fourth Level Championships earning a Reserve Championship in both.  Boxster A, ridden by Michael Bragdell, finished just behind Boccaccio in the Fourth Level Open Championship, earning 3rd place.  The Hilltop-bred mare Con Dia (Contucci-Cor Noir), owned and ridden by Stephanie McNutt, competed in the Prix St. Georges and Fourth Level Adult Amateur Championships.  The pair earned a 4th and 8th place finish in the Fourth Level and Prix St. Georges Championships, respectively.  Under Jim Kofford’s ride, Hilltop Farm Guest Stallion and Don Principe offspring, Doctor Wendell MF (Don Principe-Sandro Hit) capped off an excellent 2014 show career with a 6th place finish in the Third Level Open Championship for owner/breeder Marydell Farm.  Don Principe offspring Dynamic MF (Don Principe-Rubinstein), bred by Marydell Farm and owned/ridden by Leslie Lytton, qualified and competed in the Third Level Adult Amateur Championship and Delovely (Don Principe-Johns Line xx), owned/bred by Janet Stone, qualified and competed in the First Level Open Championship. A Donarweiss gelding Danka Shoene RRS (Donarweiss- Rubinstein), owned and bred by Melinda Walton and ridden by Silva Martin, competed in the Training Level Open Championships.  The pair earned a 70.067% and 10th place finish. The Royal Prince gelding Royal Heir (Royal Prince- Goldschlaeger), bred by Gypsy Woods Farm and owned and ridden by Tena Friehling, qualified for the Second Level Open Championship.  Tena and Royal Heir had a great test and finished Reserve Champion in the class.  Roca (Royal Prince-Lesters Patron), owned and ridden by Jennifer Sotiroff and bred Suzanne Edwards, qualified and competed in the Third Level Adult Amateur Championship. Carolynn Desnoyer and her own mare Fresca (Festrausch-Raymeister), bred during Festrausch’s time here at Hilltop, earned a Reserve Championship in the Training Level Adult Amateur Championship.   We’re so pleased to see so many of the stallions’ offspring competing successfully with professional and amateur riders alike.  We hope to see many of you at Nationals again next year!

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The 2008 USEF/Markel Young Horse Nationals was literally a whirlwind weekend for the Hilltop Team with trainers Michael Bragdell riding Selten HW (Sandro Hit - Hohenstein) to the Four Year-Old Grand Champion and Chris Hickey riding Cabana Boy (Contucci - Bordeaux) to successfully defend his National Champion title, this time in the Six Year Old division.

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Thank you to all who joined us to celebrate 15 wonderful years at Hilltop Farm! Over 350 people attended this colorful afternoon celebration on Saturday, October 28. We so appreciate the rave reviews over our main event, the music-filled presentation of our stallion line-up and their offspring. We also appreciate everyone’s time, support, and good wishes. Friends and customers traveled as far as from Chicago, Kansas, and South Carolina to celebrate with us.

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A Sport Horse Handler, whether at a show, inspection or exhibition, constantly strives for that 'magical moment' as he guides a horse in hand around the arena, often negotiating a large triangle formed from flower pots and jump poles. Together the two lift off and eat up the ground, matching stride for stride -- the horse seeming to float, to collect and extend on his own, all in perfect rhythm. The handler is as discreet as possible so that all attention focuses on the horse looking his best.

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For many Warmblood enthusiasts, just the mention of the famous stallion Riverman is enough to send chills down their spines. The stunning grey Holsteiner, who currently stands at stud at Hilltop Farm in Colora, Maryland, was the Reserve Champion at his stallion licensing, and was a Verband stallion in Germany for the first part of his life.

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Recent News

2017 Breeder Rewards: There is no greater testament to a stallion than the quality and success of their offspring. Each year we look forward to seeing the stallion’s offspring out showing successfully. The Hilltop Farm Breeder Reward Program allows us to reward the breeders and owners of horses bred through Hilltop Farm who achieve competitive success through Rewards Certificates that can be applied towards a future breeding. >>>

2018 Stallion Book Set to Mail: The 2018 Hilltop Farm Stallion Book will be mailing after the first of the year. Breeders now have two methods of receiving this updated information, either through the Hilltop Farm website or via mail. >>>

Riverman & Don Principe Lead USEF Sire Rankings: The US Equestrian Leading Sire Rankings closed in mid-December and we have many exciting results to share! For the second time Marydell Farm's Don Principe was named the Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year and for the fourth time Riverman was named Eventing Sire of the Year! >>>

Foal Announcements

Riverman Foal Announcements: 07-06-2017: Congratulations to Kathy LaCroix of Aberdeen, MD on the birth of her new Riverman filly! Arriving on June 16th to her TB mare Twilight Reign, Kathy says her new foal took her time coming, 361 days before she made her grand entrance but she was well worth the wait. >>>

Vallado Foal Announcements: 06-06-17: Congratulations to Eric Taddeo of Warwick, NY on the arrival of his new Vallado foal, born to his mare Star in the month of May! >>>

Donarweiss Foal Announcements: 07-25-16: Michelle James of Airdrie, AB is thrilled to announce the arrival of her new Donarweiss filly! Daydream arrived to Michelle’s CWBHA mare Twice Gold on May 13th and Michelle says she is absolutely stunning and will be calling her Dreamy for short. Congratulations! >>>